Chest pain, also known as angina, is a major sign of cardiovascular disease. Some people also experience shortness of breath, similar to an asthma attack at times. Pain in the extremities can be common in cardiovascular disease patients. Many people suffering from cardiovascular disease also experience numbness or a feeling of coldness in their arms and legs. Some cardiovascular disease patients may suffer from pain in areas as varied as the jaw, the neck, the stomach, and the back.
Heart disease can be managed and treated in several ways. Patients must make some lifestyle alterations if they want to enjoy better heart health and this often starts with a dietary change. Lowering the intake of high cholesterol, high sodium, and high-fat foods can make a major difference and may help reduce the risk of blood clots. Patients who have cardiovascular disease should stop smoking and should avoid alcohol if at all possible. Becoming physically active can also yield great benefits for the cardiovascular disease patient. In many cases, these lifestyle changes are enough to significantly improve heart health. Some patients with advanced heart disease may need surgeries such as coronary artery bypass grafting.
Some common symptoms of GI stomach disease include abdominal pain, bloating, acid reflux, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, the symptoms of GI stomach disease may initially seem quite similar to the symptoms of cardiovascular disease. For example, acid reflux can cause chest pain that may be confused with heart pain. People with GI stomach disease often experience multiple symptoms at one time.
It depends on the patient and the specific disease. Some people can get major relief from simple changes to the diet. The doctor can recommend a plan that will minimize stomach problems as it improves overall health. In rare cases, a minor surgery may be necessary, but most people can resolve common stomach issues like acid reflux with dietary changes and/or medication.
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